Recall of Two Million MamaRoo Infant Swings Due to Strangulation Risks
The manufacturer of the popular MamaRoo and RockaRoo baby products has recalled over two million of its infant swings and rockers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns consumers that the straps of these products become a life-threatening danger when they are not in use. The unfastened straps hang low enough beneath the seat to pose a serious risk of strangulation for crawling babies and younger children who may get caught in the dangling straps.
4moms, the Pittsburgh-based manufacturer, issued a voluntary recall after receiving notice about a 10-month-old infant who was asphyxiated after becoming tangled in the straps of a MamaRoo swing. Another infant also got tangled in the unfastened straps while crawling on the floor. This infant suffered bruising but was rescued by a caregiver in time.
According to the report, both of these infants became tangled in the straps when the swing was not in use. These products are reportedly not, however, a hazard when infants are in the seat and properly fastened in.
CPSC Issues Warning to Consumers
According to the Washington Post report, the recall advises consumers who own these products to immediately stop using MamaRoo swing and rocker models that have a three-point harness. Products with the five-point harness are not affected. Consumers are also warned that if they have these products in their homes, they should discontinue using them and place them out of reach of both infants and young children.
Free Strap Restrainer Provided By 4Moms
4moms has a fastener that consumers can use that will keep the straps from falling below the seat of the three-harness swings or rockers when not in use. Consumers who contact and register with 4moms directly will receive a free strap fastener.
You can reach 4moms toll free Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Time, by calling 877-870-7390. You can also email 4moms directly at [email protected].
The MamaRoo swings and RockaRoo rockers were sold by Buy Buy Baby and Target stores across the U.S. Consumers also purchased them online, either from 4moms.com or Amazon between January 2010 and August 2022. The purchase price was between $160 and $250.
Other Hazardous Baby Rockers Recalled
In addition to this most recent safety hazard, Fisher-Price also issued a recall in June of this year. The CPSC stated that some of the manufacturer’s infant rockers posed a suffocation risk because of the reclining position. Over a 12-year span, there have been at least 13 deaths reported.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing babies on their backs to sleep. The surface should be flat and firm, such as a bassinet, crib or play yard. The sleeping area should also be free from any clutter, such as a blanket, toys or bumpers.
Report Safety Incidents Involving Baby Rockers
Consumers or anyone with information about an incident involving a baby rocker can make a direct report to the CPSC online at saferproducts.gov.
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